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The cabinet of knowledge and nature

The amalgam of culture and nature, human sustainability and social cohesion, in dialogue with contemporary culture, becomes the basis of this artistic exploration at the village of Kissos on the east side of Pelion, the mountain of the Centaurs. CHEAPART with the financial support and auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports YPPOA, the auspices of Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi and the collaboration of the local community, implemented the contemporary art exhibition and event program «The cabinet of knowledge and nature» from July 24 – July 30, 2023 at Kissos, Pelion. For the first time a dedicated contemporary art event opens at Pelion, creating dialogue between contemporary art and Kissos's cultural heritage, it's inexhaustible treasure of myths, legends, historical and cultural traditions.

«The cabinet of knowledge and nature»

The Enlightenment committed to rationality and faith in human progress, calling for radical changes in all aspects of human activity, in political and social establishments, in economy, education and religion. The Enlightenment supported individual freedom and opposed tyrannical rule and oppression. Greek expression of the Age of Enlightenment is an ideological, literary, verbal and philosophical attempt to convey the ideas and values of the European Enlightenment of which it is an extension, to the ethnic Greeks who lived in the Ottoman Empire.
The group exhibition «The cabinet of knowledge and nature » draws on the one hand, from the revolutionary Rigas Feraios who originated from the wider region of Thessaly and later practiced teaching, among other places in Kissos, and on the other hand, from the natural environment itself. 

⟶ Group exhibition history and nature, the new

«The cabinet of knowledge and nature» at the Old Primary school of Kissos invited 28 contemporary artists from Greece and abroad, to revisit the principles and ideological framework of the Greek Enlightenment as represented by the revolutionary Rigas Feraios, and introduce a new approach to the human freedom and individuality.
Artists: Vasilis Alexandrou, Fani Arapi, Polyanna Vrelianaki, Michael Goldgruber, Nikos Kryonidis, Ioulia Ladogianni, Elli Lampadaridou, Jens Lange, Dimitris Lioliopoulos, Hector Mavridis, Ioannis Monogios, Fotios Ballas, Evaggelia Boulaki, Despoina Pantazi, Dimitris Palantzas, Panagiotis Ploumis, Christian Rupp, Elio Samaras, Stratos Sterianos, Iordanis Stylidis, Chryssa Tzelepi & Akis Kersanidis, Theodora Tsiatsiou, Harris Chilitsis, Thanasis Chondros & Alexandra Katsiani, Lampros Psyrrakis, Themis Zidrou.

⟶ Events and tours

to the natural and historical landmarks of Kissos, connect us with the local history and environment.
At the Old Primary school of Kissos and in the area surrounding the main square where historicity is predominant, people of varied ages and backgrounds gathered to participate and to familiarise themselves with contemporary artistic practices and forms of expression. In the cyanotype workshop of Ioulia Ladogiannis, participants co-creating and produced their own works having mastered the cyanotyping technique. The artwork itself is a result of a natural, ecological process as it requires materials from the nature of Pelion. Father Michael guided artists and the public through the history and architecture of the 1650's Church of Agia Marina in Kissos square. He offered a theological analysis of the frescoes, their spirituality and symbolism as they are directly connected to important personalities of the local community. Three performance artists presented their interpretations of the environment, the nature and history of Kissos, using their own expressive language. The experimental sound compositions of Stratos Sterianos flavoured with the rhythms of traditional music, combined with the dance of American artist Monica Dudàrov Hunken, whose performance is based on her deep spiritual connection to nature. Composer and performer Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou presented a musical narrative focused on the element of water, introducing a musical experimentation with handmade musical objects, electronic elements, voice and electric bass.

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«Following the Centaurs to paths of knowledge»  —  

Artists, curators, visitors presented photographs from their excursions that were screened in the exhibition space and updated daily. A total of 166 photographs were displayed at the exhibition site at the Old Primary School of Kissos. 50 photos were selected to create a digital photobook.
Contributers to the photologue «Following the Centaurs to paths of knowledge»: Anthi-Georgia Georgakopoulou, Art History Student / Eleni Doumbli, visitor / Fotini Kapiris, Artist, curator / Antigoni Kapsali, Curator, Art historian / Nikos Kryonidis, Artist, curator / Elli Lampadaridou, Artist, educator / Georg Georgakopoulos, Curator, artist / Ioannis Monogios, Artist / Litsa Boulaki, visitor / Despoina Pantazi, Artist, Curator / Maria Papatheodorou, visitor / Panagiotis Ploumis, Photographer / Elio Samara, Artist / Stefanos Sgardelis, School of Biology, Dept. Ecology, AUTH / Iordanis Stylidis, Associate professor University of Thessaly, Dept. of Architecture.

«The cabinet of knowledge and nature»

Organisation - Production: CHEAPART

Program Directors, Artistic direction:
Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris

Participation of curators:
Nikos Kryonidis, Antigoni Kapsali

Coordination of artists and curators
Exhibition consultant:

APART Art Research and Applications

Coordination of audio visual artists
Screening and audio consultant:

Modular expansion

With the support of:
Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports YPPOA, Financial support and Auspices
Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi
Local community, participation

Digital photologue: CHEAPART

Branding / Video:
APART Art Research and Applications

Hosted by:
Kissos Pelion/ Zig Zag Festival 2023

[L] Exhibition entrance, Old Primary School of Kissos. [R] Photologue screening, «Following the Centaurs to paths of knowledge».

Exhibition view «The cabinet of knowledge and nature»

[L] Exhibition view «The cabinet of knowledge and nature». [R] Themis Zidrou, «Back to Earth» Chryssa Tzelepi & Akis Kersanidis.

[L] Artwork by Harris Chilitsis. [R] Exhibition view.

[L] Photologue screening, «Following the Centaurs to paths of knowledge» [R] «The cabinet of knowledge and nature», organizers and curators.

[L] «Cognitive Dissonance», Stratos Sterianos, Monica Dudàrov Hunken. [R] «A water story by Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou», Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou.

[L] Stratos Sterianos, Monica Dudàrov Hunken, Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou. [R] Tour to Agia Marina of Kissos, Father Michael.

Cyanotype workshop, Ioulia Ladogianni.

The cabinet of knowledge and nature